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This page brings together some resources of interest to people for peace, justice, and healing. (Note also the link above to a page of resources relating to Iraq.)

  • THE LABOR PRESS PROJECT This site comes from work done in UW Prof. James Gregory's History 450 class ("Class and Labor in American History") in the spring of 2001. The site "brings together information about the history and ongoing influence of newspapers and periodicals published by unions, labor councils, and radical organizations in the Pacific Northwest. . . . The Labor Press Project provides a gateway to both the past and present of this important set of media. Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington.
  • The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) was formed in 2001 and seeks to provide leadership in peace, conflict and justice studies. Located in Olympia, Washington, The Peace and Justice Studies Association is "dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change."
  • Founded by Ralph Nader in 2001, Citizen Works is a group that seeks to advance justice by strengthening citizen participation in power. Its strategy is to enhance the work of existing organizations, recruit, train, and activate citizens, and start new groups and act as a catalyst where there are too few public interest voices.
  • Robert Fisk is has covered the Middle East as a journalist for 23 years, and his reporting has earned him the British International Journalist of the Year award seven times. He covered the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Persian Gulf war, and the war in Algeria. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1985. The website is a portal not only to his own work but also to a number of other valuable resources.
  • The home page of Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at University of Texas at Austin and a great American whatever they may say, is fearless in speaking out about the controversial issues of the day.
  • The website of The Institute for Public Accuracy tries to hold public officials accountable to the truth.
  • Overcoming our love of war.Lawrence LeShan is a clinical psychologist well known for his work with cancer patients. He is also the author of How to Meditate. He is a famous practitioner of holistic medicine and has been called the "father of mind/body medicine." He is also a former lecturer and research psychologist at the Union Theological Seminary. A practicing psychologist for more than 50 years, he served the U.S. Army for many years and has treated thousands of soldiers and military decision makers during World War II and the Korean War. He has taught at Roosevelt University, Pace College, and the New School for Social Research. He lives in New York. This article, entitled Why We Love War And What We Can Do to Prevent It Anyway, appeared in the Utne Reader (Jan.-Feb. 2003), and is based on The Psychology of War: Comprehending its Mystique and its Madness (Helios Press 2002).
  • The Center for Media & Democracy created PR Watch to "help the public recognize manipulative and misleading PR practices by exposing the activities of secretive, little-known propaganda-for-hire firms that work to control political debates and public opinion." Of special interest is PR Watch's Spin of the Day, which offers daily reporting on public relations, propaganda, and media spin.
  • Links to 110 websites with information from/about intelligence agencies or "security services" maintained as part of Research Resources for the Social Sciences by McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Similar collections of links are maintained for more than a dozen other areas of interest to PJHers, including economics, political science, law, law enforcement, and policing, psychology and psychopathology, and news and journalism.
  • Mike Political Commentary and Analysis is a site inspired by outrage at the 2000 US presidential election. Mike Hersh is a graduate of Columbia University and the Washington College of Law who is now a full-time writer and activist whose modest goal is to "rebuild the vital center of US politics in the great American tradition and philosophy of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt."
  • Third World Traveler "puts up magazine articles and book excerpts that offer an alternative view to the corporate media about the state of democracy in America, and about the impact of the policies of the U.S. government, transnational corporations, international trade and financial institutions, and the corporate media, on war and peace, democracy, civil liberties, free speech, human rights, and social and economic justice, in the Third World, and in the United States."
  • Code Pink is a women's group organized to oppose war on Iraq.
  • The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1990 and has earned a distinguished reputation for watchdog journalism in the public interest.
  • Need a laugh in these dark times? Try the other White House site.
  • Sign up at TrueMajority to send free faxes to Congress on the war resolution and to get e-mail alerts on critical issues. TrueMajority was founded by Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben and Jerry's. It's a grassroots education and advocacy project of Priorities, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) corporation. Once you register, you can go to the "Take Action" section and send faxes on on issues. You're always free not to participate in any specific issue or remove your name from their list.
  • Chris Pringer is a local activist and energy worker who has developed a remarkable series of writings and reflections that go much deeper into the sources of human being than is common among the materials linked to this webpage. If you're looking for the deeper connections between the personal and the political, you'll find of interest Chris's Overcoming Political Disillusionment page. And this is only the beginning....
  • Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace. This group has been active for more than twelve years and maintains a very useful website.
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich's bill to create a U.S. Department of Peace deserves attention and support.
  • The Western States Legal Foundation, based in California, is devoted to monitoring and analyzing U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies, with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.
  • Spotlight on Military News. A review of recent articles in the press pertaining to military affairs, prepared by the Canadian Forces College. The same website offers a page of links to Military Sites.
  • Iraq Is a Tree, Not a Forest. This four-page piece argues that "implementation of the Bush doctrine would change the fundamental character of the United States of America" and proposes a set of readings that can be the basis of study groups to alert the citizenry to the dangers the nation is now facing from its own leaders. Approved by SNOW on Nov. 25, 2002.
  • The Medium is the Massage, as Marshall McLuhan used to like to say. MediaLens offers a sophisticated perspective on contemporary mainstream media, with book reviews, links to articles, bulletin board discussions, and other websides that analyze media critically. For an up-to-date guide to what the media giants own and control, consult the Columbia Journalism Review. An easy-to-read chart of what the top ten media companies own is maintained by The Nation. A Media Reform Center chart dramatically illustrates the consolidation of the control of the media in the U.S. in the hands of a few corporations, and also provides links to dozens of websites. What can be done? Robert McChesney has a plan for media reform, which he outlines in an article entitled Making Media Democratic from the Boston Review. -- See PPJH's guide to alternative sources which provide crucially needed information unavailable in the corporate- controlled media universe.
  • Matthew Crenson & Benjamin Ginsberg, From Citizens to Customers, Losing Our Collective Voice, Washington Post, November 3, 2002. "We are watching the slow-motion collapse of American citizenship. . . . Now our government no longer needs us. The citizen-soldiers have given way to the professional all-volunteer military and its armada of smart bombs and drone aircraft. The citizen-administrators have disappeared, too, replaced long ago by professional bureaucrats. Americans may still regard each other as fellow citizens with common causes and commitments. But the candidates seeking votes on Tuesday see us as something less: not a coherent public with a collective identity but a swarm of disconnected individuals out to satisfy our personal needs in the political marketplace. We see them, in turn, as boring commercials to be tuned out."
  • CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR STATUS, should a draft be reinstated, will be harder to obtain. There have been significant changes to the law: a narrowing of the application time for this status to 10 days, a requirement for five (5) substantiating letters, a requirement for a face-to-face interview, and a limitation of appeal unless there is at least one dissenter on the SSS Board. Thus if the draft is reinstated, it will no longer be feasible for people to await Selective Service Notification prior to the preparation of their documentation. They need to have it ready to mail in, literally at a moment's notice. The changes in application procedures for active duty military are equally stringent if they wish to be assigned noncombatant status. A recommended first step is to fill out this form and follow its instructions. For more information, contact Conscientious Objector's Counseling, 7215 47th Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98443. To send an e-mail for more information, click here.
  • The Federation of American Scientists funds something known as the Project on Government Secrecty, and employs Steven Aftergood to publishe frequent numbers of Secrecy News, which is available to subscribers and can also be consulted in an archive of past numbers.
  • An antiwar website devoted to noninterventionism called serves as a clearinghouse of information of interest to opponents of war. It defines its own politics as libertarian, and likes to quote Randolph Bourne (the early 20th-century radical American political thinker, literary critic, essayist, and pacifist who wrote for The New Republic back in the days when it represented values almost the opposite of those that magazine represents today), who said: "War is the health of the state."
  • Jeremy Rifkin is encouraging us to think of how we could move from an oil economy to a hydrogen economy (in fact, The Hydrogren Economy is the title of his new book). He summarized his ideas in September in a Los Angeles Times article entitled A Hydrogen Economy: The Power to Change the World.
  • Can how you spend your money make a difference? The Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City has called for a Consumer Strike against the War.
  • Did the president make a good case for war in his speech on October 7? Commentators Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, Rahul Mahajan, author of The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism, As'ad Abukhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, & America's New 'War on Terrorism', Susan Wright, co-author of Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives, Stephen Zunes, author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, Robert Jensen, author of Writing Dissent, Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, Anthony Arnove, editor of Iraq Under Siege, John Berg, director of graduate studies at Suffolk University's Government Department, and Phyllis Bennis, author of Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis offer a point-by-point commentary on President Bush's October 7 address.
  • Despite the failure of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to obey the will of the people and reject the resolution "to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq" and to abdicate their constitutional war powers to the President in this situation, it is important to remember that under the Constitution Congress still retains control of the U.S. military through its Article I, Section 8 power "to raise and support armies"; the constitution specifies that "no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years." This means that Congress has the power to stop any war by cutting of its funding.
    Write to Senator Patty Murray (VOTED AGAINST THE WAR RESOLUTION) at (click here to send Sen. Murray an e-mail or call her office (DC: 202-224-2621/DC Fax: 202-224-0238/Seattle: 206-553-5545) to express your views. Please also write to Senator Maria Cantwell (VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION) at (click here to send Sen. Cantwell an e-mail or call her office (DC: 202-224-3441/Fax: 202-228-0514/Seattle: 206-220-6400/Seattle Fax: 206-220-6404) as well.
    Also, please contact your representative to the U.S. House of Representatives to express your views:
    District 1 - Rep. Inslee (VOTED AGAINST THE WAR RESOLUTION) - 202-225-6311, 425-640-0233
    District 2 - Rep. Larsen - VOTED AGAINST THE WAR RESOLUTION) - 202-225-2605, 425-252-3188 or 1-800-562-1385
    District 3 - Rep. Baird - VOTED AGAINST THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-3536, 360-695-6292
    District 4 - Rep. Hastings - VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-5816, 509-543-9396
    District 5 - Rep. Nethercutt - VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-2006, 509-353-2374
    District 6 - Rep. Dicks - VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-5916, 253-593-6356 or 1-800-947-NORM
    District 7 - Rep. McDermott - VOTED AGAINST THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-3106, 206-553-7170
    District 8 - Rep. Dunn - VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-7761, 206-275-3438
    District 9 - Rep. Smith - VOTED FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION - 202-225-8901, 253-593-6600 or 1-888-Smith09
  • As described below, a SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2002, POLL SHOWED THAT 60% OF AMERICANS OPPOSED GRANTING THE PRESIDENT THE UNILATERAL POWER TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAQ, and did not regard Iraq as the U.S.'s most pressing foreign policy problem. And yet 68% of the members of the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give the President this power. Please write to newspapers and Congressional representatives bringing this anomaly to their attention, and questioning whether the House of Representatives deserves any longer to be known as "the People's House." Micah L. Sifrey analyzes the influence of the defense establishment on those who voted on this resolution in Money, Politics, and War,, April 2003: "Members of the House who voted to authorize the use of force got slightly more than twice the contributions from the defense sector than members who voted 'no.' The 296 members who voted 'yes' received an average of almost $19,000 from defense contractors for the 2002 election cycle, and those who voted 'no' received an average of $9,000. Of the 150 members of the House who had received at least $10,000 from the defense sector, 123 voted 'yes' and 25 voted 'no.' On the Senate side, where the vote was more lopsided (77-23), the correlation is almost as strong. 'Yes' voters got an average of almost $60,000 over the past six years, a full Senate cycle, while those who voted 'no' received an average of $38,000."
  • A TOLL-FREE NUMBER to call your Senators and Representative: 1-888-832-4246.
  • If you don't know who your Representative is or live outside Washington State, contact two Senators and one Representative by calling the CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHBOARD: 202-224-3121. Anyone can get the local and federal addresses and fax numbers of representatives by simply typing in a ZIP code at
  • Vivien Sharples, who has many years' experience providing training in peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and techniques of nonviolent action, will be discussiong these skills on October 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Douglas-Trugh Library in Seattle (23rd Ave. & Yesler Way). If you cannot attend this meeting to plan for skills training and are interested in future training workshops for a local peaceforce, please write to to be kept informed.
  • George W. in the Garden of Gethsemane, by Michael Moore
  • Long Night's Journey into Day, available for loan through Foundation for Global Community, 253-383-5592. No charge/donation always appreciated. $25 totally refundable deposit
  • Now with Bill Moyers, new PBS show (from Jean)
  • A Timeline issue with an article by Admiral Carroll. Download the Timeline.pdf file near the top of the page--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Some older articles that have been circulated in emails, from Chris:
  • is a project initiated by the Fourth Freedom Forum and other groups and individuals as a clearinghouse website featuring regularly updated information resources for the media, students, activists and anyone else who is interested in the implementation of a just and effective response to the tragic attacks of September 11th 2001. From Sallie.
  • Labyrinth walk dates, in Tacoma and Seattle
  • We have an arsenal of ideas, by Patrick H. O'Neil, University of Puget Sound
  • Featured: Center for Defense Information and Global Exchange
  • An invitation to join our discussion that you can print out and give to anyone who's interested can be found here.
  • Resource prepared for the October 9 Helena Peace Seekers Open Public Forum, from Sallie
  • Give Peace a Website, a Wired article about folks like us using the web to organize. From Jean.
  • Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, from Janie
  • Looking for Answers, from PBS' Frontline, from Flo
  • Missing the Oil Story, from Janie
  •, from Jude. Of special interest is their October journal, Transforming Disaster Relief into Community Building
  • is the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. It's a great site for info of all sorts. -from Sallie
  • The other is Luke Powell is a fine-arts photographer who has taken gorgeous photos of Afghanistan, Palestine (and elsewhere). -from Sallie
  • is a short essay that, among other things, deals with our arrogance/ignorance when it comes to other cultures. VERY interesting and provocative for those of us who are horrified by the Taliban's treatment of women; see especially paragraph #4 if nothing else, but as a world citizen, please take the time to read it all... -from Sallie
  • Starhawk's website, from Jean
  • October 14, 2001 Op-Ed piece (TNT)
  • A letter to the editor from Ronnie Gilbert on McCarthyism Again?, from Flo
  • Illia Thompson poem, from Flo
  • Edward Said, writing in the Nation, on The Clash of Ignorance
  • Institute for Global Communications, home of PeaceNet, one of the Internet's oldest online communities. They maintain a good collection of news links to September 11 coverage.
  • Global Exchange, from Janie. A great collection of resources, including links to posters, flyers, etc., that can be downloaded and printed out.
  • Why do they hate us?, from the Christian Science Monitor
  • Washington Post article on Bin Laden--links to interviews in the section "How Can I Learn More?"
  • List of world newspapers by geographic region
  • Rest in Peace, commentary and poem

  • Prof. Josh Tenenberg of UW Tacoma has compiled a list of internet-based news and information sources somewhat similar to this one.

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Last updated: March 6, 2004